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Corruption, growth and ethnic fractionalization: a theoretical model

  • Roy Cerqueti
  • Raffaella Coppier
  • Gustavo Piga

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This paper analyzes the existing relationship between ethnic fractionalization, corruption and the growth rate of a country. We provide a simple theoretical model. We show that a nonlinear relationship between fractionalization and corruption exists: corruption is high in homogeneous or very fragmented countries, but low where fractionalization is intermediate. In fact, when ethnic diversity is intermediate, constituencies act as a check and balance device to limit ethnically-based corruption. Consequently, the relationship between fractionalization and growth rate is also non-linear: growth is high in the middle range of ethnic diversity, low in homogeneous or very fragmented countries.

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Volume (Year): 106 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 153-181

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